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Ukraine has suspended air traffic with Belarus

Ukraine suspended air traffic with Belarus from May 26. This decision was made at a government meeting on May 25.

This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on his Telegram channel.

In addition, the Prime Minister noted that the government instructed the Ministry of Infrastructure, the State Aviation Administration and the UkSATSE (Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise) to take all the necessary measures.

Also, Ukrainian airlines and planes will be banned from flying in the airspace of Belarus.

In particular, the State Border Service will stop processing passengers traveling to/from Belarus at the customs points of airports.

Shmyhal noted that the situation with the forced landing of the Ryanair aircraft in Minsk is a violation of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Therefore, the government's decision is aimed at ensuring the safety of flights and passengers.

Context. On May 23, a Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius was urgently landed in Minsk in order to detain a Belarusian journalist, former editor of the main opposition Telegram channel NEXTA and the today’s Telegram channel Belarus of the Brain Roman Protasevich.

Subsequently, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a number of laws that restrict the work of the media in the country and restrict the holding of mass events.

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